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'The 30 Day Shred' explained!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

I seem to have lost my exercise mojo lately. I've got bored of the gym and I find it too difficult to drag myself out running enough times per week to really benefit from it, so I've decided to try the 30 Day Shred this month.

The 30 Day Shred is a work out DVD by Jillian Michaels, who you will probably recognise from the TV show The Biggest Loser. She's known for her really tough, intense work outs, the 30 Day Shred being the most popular. The DVD works by using a 3-2-1 (minute) interval system that combines strength, cardio and abs to maximize the amount of calories you burn. Each level is a 20 minute workout with a warm up followed by 3 intervals each of 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs, finishing with a cool down.

The internet is full of positive reviews for this DVD. If you can stick it out for 30 days the results are amazing. I track my calories over at My Fitness Pal and they're always discussing 30 Day Shred on the forums and some of the before/after photos are amazing.

I've just completed day 2 of level 1 and I'm really enjoying the work out so far. Jillian can get a bit annoying at times, but it's an enjoyable work out and the fact that there are modified moves (one easier variation if you're struggling, and another variation if you're more advanced) means that nothing is too difficult. Throughout the strength training interval you can be expected to do some lunges, some bicep curls (they recommend using 5lb hand weights - I don't have those so I've been using good old tins of beans at the moment!) and a few push ups. For cardio you do some jumping jacks, skipping and some really fun punching exercises. And finally, for abs you do a selection of different crunches. I find that the cardio does get you out of breath, but after doing some strength training you're not as tired and feel ready for some more cardio.

If you're thinking of starting the 30 day shred, make sure you take your measurements before hand. Most people say the DVD helps them lose about 10lbs over the course of 30 days, but you need to remember that the DVD is focusing on building muscle and toning so you're likely to put on a few lbs of muscle weight, meaning that you'll probably see a bigger achievement in inches lost rather than weight lost.

I'm feeling really motivated to keep this up (looking at before/after pictures really helps!) and will definitely keep you updated with how I'm getting on. I've taken my measurements and I'm hoping for a flatter tummy by this time next month!

Do you want to get involved and start doing the 30 Day Shred? Both Sarah and I are doing it and there are already a few girls on Twitter taking part, and we're planning to keep everyone motivated on the Where Are My Knees? twitter account. We could post our inches/weight lost (if you feel comfortable doing that) on our weekly summaries and give each other that push we need to keep it up! What do you think, are you in?!

The 30 Day Shred is only £5.49 on Play.com at the moment.


  1. Hey! So I'm actually considering joining you on this one. I got my hands on the dvd in a thriftshop a few weeks ago but don't really understand the level thing; when am I supposed to change from level 1 to 2 and 3?

    Best wishes from,
    Marie in Denmark

  2. I'm going to join you! I just need to get my essays out of the way and then I will get going!


  3. AHHHH Ive got the green dvd of hers(forgotten what it's called). At first I was really good with it, but since the nice weather I just havent wanted to be inside and exercise! Im wondering whether I might just use it in the winter! xxx

  4. I have heard of this. I think I need it. I am leaving Fatso Land and moving on to errr Slightly Less Fat Land. xx

  5. I've been wondering what this 30 day shred is and now I know I might just try it out, especailly if it's only a fiver =)

    Bow Dream Nation xx

  6. wow, she is one scary [albeit perfectly toned] lady. Good luck girlies, can't wait to hear how you get on! x

  7. I love the thirty day shred! I don't think I could ever do it thirty days in a row... I struggle with two days in a row! I've not done it in a while, but I would love to get back in the habit of doing it 1-2 times a week. I definitely recommend getting proper weights though... tins of beans weight less than a pound! As heavy as you can is best I think!

  8. Oh and btw... putting up a free download to the dvd is probably not the best idea...

  9. I am a Jillian Michaels addict! I have 30 day shred, No more troublezones, 6 week abs, cardio something something.... I just switch on it about 4-5 days a week, that way I don't get bored so fast. WHen I don't feel like doing the workout, I just go for a 30 min run.

    My body has changed a lot since I started doing this in September. Unfortunately, I don't have the guts to put up before and after pics.... But I take pics every week and put dates on them and it is soo motivating! I haven't weighed myself in months, but I have gone down 2 dress sizes and feel I don't look "bad" anymore when I get my picture taken.

    Only minus, I don't love level 2 and 3 as much as 1 on this dvd. Good luck!!

  10. I'm waiting on my copy being dispatched from Play at the moment. It'll be good to hear from others doing it. :)

    And well done to Ingrid (above) bloomin' brilliant.


  11. On day 2.. and I can already feel aches from exercising yesterday. I love it when your in pain the next day (in a non weird kind of way) makes you feel like its actually working haha x

  12. This sounds really good. I'm trying to loose weight myself so might give this a go.
    Thanks and good luck everyone!

  13. Saw all the posts on twitter the other day so I decided to have another go at it. I tried it once before but couldn't move my arm after day one for about a week! I completed day two earlier on & can feel my body toning up already. Good luck to everyone! xx

  14. Definitely going to give this a go, heading on holiday in 2 weeks so not starting until after I come back because I'm already trying to get into a routine with couch to 5k but after I come back from the holdiay it will be time to knuckle down and get seriously working out! God knows I need it!

    Much Love
    Roisin Elizabeth

  15. I've just placed my order! I've signed up for a military-style fitness class on Groupon which begins in July, and I feel like I need to prepare!

    (Mega late because I've had a blog break.)